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Grateful Dead Live at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium on 1969-02-05

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Grateful Dead Live at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium on 1969-02-05

Topics Live concert

Lovelight, Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > Cryptical Envelopment, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Caution (Do Not Stop On
Tracks > Feedback > And We Bid You Good Night

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium
Location Kansas City, KS

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD > MC > C > D > CD > EAC > SHN
Transferred by Chuck Gannon and J. Cotsman


Sound Forge was used to normalize the recording, remove a number of crackles and discontinuities, and splice together an overlap in The Eleven.

Tape warble @ 5:10 Caution


Reviewer: light into ashes - - February 5, 2013
Subject: To Doug the Dude
You might not have to wait that long...

Someone on the deadlists forum mentioned last week that he had an audience tape of this show (taped by the same guy who taped the 4/15/69 Omaha show) - and he's sending it to Charlie Miller to transfer.
It might not be great quality, but we may soon get to hear the complete show!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2013
Subject: --
An exploding bullet of a show - everything just flies out of the cannon at full-speed here. The only thing you'll be disappointed by are the cuts in the board - one at the end of the Other One suite, and one pretty painful, ice-pick-under-the-toenail slice right out of the middle of Caution.

But this board will suffice until the gaps can be filled (and you'll be waiting a while, I think...)
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 6, 2012
Subject: Crazy show!
Hardly a moment when someone isn't playing an incredibly hot lick.
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 1, 2010
Subject: February '69
they were just on a roll man...this isn't quite on the level of 2/7, 2/22, or 2/27-28 but still awesome. Interesting Dark Star, incendiary Eleven>Caution that i agree with direwolf600 must be a top ten version- might even be better than 10/20/68, and that's saying something (all imo).

be sure to listen to all the February '69 shows here on the IA. you really can't miss, and this whole Feb-Apr slice is probably the best music of the year.
Reviewer: whitelightning66 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2010
Subject: Whew! Did that just happen!
High Quality. Tie everything down a storms a coming. This completes any questions about performance. Grateful Dead Forever, thanks for posting this timeless show!
Reviewer: Great Expectations - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2010
Subject: A beautiful dream....
I have just listened to this one end to end and it is one of the most beautiful shows I have ever heard. The opening is energetic, tough and gritty, the middle section DS>SS>11 is fluid, haunting and poetic and the closing Feedback>Bid You Goodnight brings a tranquil peace like a sunset after a raging storm. I am always amazed when reviewers seem to obsess over small details of the sound quality as this little gem is now over 40 years old. I am over fifty years old and I remember what the technology was like back then...and so I suggest you just relax, lay back and let the music play the band.
Reviewer: Tie-Dye Dan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2009
Subject: Historic Show,This Sweet Dark Star Rules
This venue sits near the mighty confluence of the Kansas and Missori rivers were the powerful energy of these two great rivers collide.Inhabited for at least 12,000 years by Paleo hunters who felled great Wolly Mammoths and Mega fauna it is a mystical place and this Dark Star played here will reverberate its energy for Ions up and down these valleys till the end of time along with the ancient spirits who inhabit this powerful place!
Reviewer: Edsel - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 6, 2009
Subject: Get a clue
All the fuss ?
Cliff, there are 17 reviews including yours. You seem to be the only one not getting it. Look within.
This was a real fine show, too bad that it's hacked up, and missing segments, a major loss, but that does not diminish the playing, which was superb.
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2009
Subject: Still in Kansas...
The Eleven/Caution suite is compelling, but I dont understand all the fuss here. The typical '69 sound quality/mix is muddy and lifeless. (94 pts)
Reviewer: dead72 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2009
Subject: 2/4 and 2/5
This, along with the previous nights show from the Music Box in Omaha, are great companion pieces. Prime '69, differences in set list, and a club show vs. an auditorium. Check 'em both out! Second only to the very finest shows of the year as represented in the Fillmore West Box.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2009
Subject: Incendiary
Crank up the BASS!
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2008
Subject: Poor Iron Butterfly
To have to play after this would not be fun for any band! The Dead display what I can only describe as that "peppery" sound they had from 68 to 69 and they are spicy indeed. Unfortunately the sound is a little muffled for this recording so I kicked off a star, but don't let sound imperfections dissuade you from checking out this excellent show. The playing and energy are wonderful especially The Eleven which is in my opinion one of the best versions they ever played. Rolling thunder!
Reviewer: catfishbob - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 21, 2008
Subject: Extinguiderm: NOT IN OMAHA
Anyone who saw the Dead play in Omaha in 1969, did not see them on the fifth of February.
I was at the 05 February ’69 show and I can attest that it was indeed at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS (not Omaha), and the show was memorable. The Dead opened for the Iron Butterfly, and the contrast between the two bands was something to behold. “Caution” as hot as I have ever heard, and the band performed the astonishing “Seven” instrumental. “And we bid you Goodnight”, closing the show, was sublime.
The Bear did the sound, and I quote him:
“I remember the KC show very well, we had to help the Butterfly's
marginally competent roadies with setting up their gear. The IB fans
who filled the hall were in such a stare of shock after the opening
set by GD that it was nearly halfway through their beloved
Butterfly's set before they came round and starting jumping.”
The recording noted by the previous correspondent is apparently correct. At the close of “Goodnight”
Garcia can be heard to say “The Iron Butterfly will be out in a minute.”
Reviewer: Extinguiderm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2007
Subject: Awesome recording - but mislabeled?
As everyone else has mentioned, this is yet another fantastic time capsule. Yes, some annoying interruptions, but we've all heard worse, to be sure. Excellent quality. HOWEVER - DeadBase X lists this date as Omaha, Nebraska, with an entirely different setlist. Can anyone shed some light on that? Grateful thanks as always;

Reviewer: Disco_Kitty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 30, 2007
Subject: Oozing, drippy show
Sicko - ooozing 69 with a strong whiff of patchouli oil and cheap incense.
Reviewer: direwolf600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 6, 2007
Subject: Wild and Wonderful
This isn't one of those 69 shows where every single song played counts as one of the best ever played. I'd agree with the note on the other one as something they are still warming up to as an improv vehicle. All the same, it still is nice and powerful. This show is all about the eleven>caution. The eleven here is one of the 10 best ever imo. At least top 15 if not top 10. When I hear someone saying the GD are pretty good but jerry didn't shred and peak, first I laugh, but I also understand how that opinion can exist. Of course we know different, chances are the person stating that as their opinion just hasn't been given the approriate versions of songs that highlight shredding jerry. Since the first time I heard this eleven it has become one of the song versions I give or play for people who say jerry couldn't shred like the big boys. Thus far it has not failed to change minds. It is just mother-f'ing SICK!!!

Sound: 7.5/10
Playing: 8.9/10
Show: 8.5/10
Reviewer: Earthquake Country - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2006
Subject: Sucks to be Iron Butterfly
Nascent version of what would become "Live Dead" at the end of the month with DS>SS>The Eleven. I've read the story of how Iron Butterfly got blown off the stage when a relatively unknown Led Zeppelin opened for them in Jan. '69 and now this. The Eleven really grooves but then Caution commits interuptus (I suppose the reel change actually).
Reviewer: Mr. Trips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2006
Subject: One Word
Reviewer: williscat2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2005
Subject: One of the best
definitely a new direction for the dead in this show. A good example of them concretely moving beyond the 1968 primal dead sound. Tremendous jerry all over this.
Reviewer: williscat2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2005
Subject: One of the best
definitely a new direction for the dead in this show. A good example of them concretely moving beyond the 1968 primal dead sound. Tremendous jerry all over this.
Reviewer: hitmeister - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2005
Subject: Spectacular
Is it possible to cram more amazing music onto a single CD? The only downside is the cut at the end of Cryptical.

On a scale of 1 to 5, I'd rate this show a 4 for sound quality and an 8 for performance.
Reviewer: MorninDew - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 12, 2005
Yes, indeed, they were VERY good this show. Listen to caution and here bobby (?) and pig screaming "AAAAAAALL YOU NEED" over and over and over. Very good show, very high energy, this is definitely a must!
Reviewer: spleenboy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 14, 2005
Subject: Oh....My....Gawd...
they were so fuckin ON this show, it's a shame we had to miss even one second (an abrupt end to Cryptical that seemed to have more legs). The Eleven is a tour-de-force of Garcia inventiveness.

Techie-wise, it's a solid recording considering the era, but quite a ways from perfect.

i kinda like it when they go overboard and lose control. it's why we revere these ancient gems - for the slight flaw.
Reviewer: busterb - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2005
Subject: wow
This is great. Blown away. They are coming. You can feel it all around. This makes my mental disorder worth it.
Reviewer: A.J.K. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2004
Subject: Hot February night
Excellent show, the jam from Eleven > Caution is quite tasty and unique. Caution is raunchy, dripping with feedback even before the "Feedback" section. Dark Star is quite good too, it's not quite the monster it became later in the month, but it's a solid improv vehicle at this point. It seems like they're still kinda warming up in the Other One. Not bad but not as ballsy as the remainder of the show.
Reviewer: DanK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 23, 2004
we're not in Kansas anymore Toto."
"Yeah, but it's so flat. And check out all the tornados."
"Oh wow. There has to be at least...eleven..."
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